T.J. Watt: We’re bitter about Leonard Fournette’s yards, not his gesture

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When the Jaguars beat the Steelers in the regular season, Jacksonville rookie running back Leonard Fournette had a huge day, and he raised some eyebrows when he waved to Pittsburgh’s Mike Mitchell during a play, as if to say, “Bring it on.”

As the teams prepare to play on Sunday, Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt says he and his teammates aren’t upset about that gesture. What they’re upset about is that they allowed Fournette to run for a season-high 181 yards against them.

“We’re more bitter about letting him run for a hundred and whatever yards it was in that game than anything about that,” Watt said. “We have a bad taste in our mouth and we want to wash it out with a good performance on Sunday.”

Despite losing 30-9 to the Jaguars in October, the Steelers are favored by a touchdown to beat the Jaguars on Sunday. Watt and his teammates stopping Fournette will be the key to Pittsburgh washing that bad taste out of its mouth.

39 responses to “T.J. Watt: We’re bitter about Leonard Fournette’s yards, not his gesture

  1. WHO in the heck asks these questions? Can we please have a law, or at least a rule that no one is allowed to ask athletes questions unless they have actually played a sport in their life.

  2. Watched replay of the first game last night.

    Steelers took second half kickoff and used a big chuck of third quarter to kick field goal to go up 9-7.

    Then the two pick sixes…both tipped balls. The last touchdown was in garbage time.

    Two things the Steelers did better after their 2-2 start and in their 11-1 finish:
    make TDs instead of FGs and control the running game on D.

  3. Let’s get it defense! No excuses need to shut this dude down and the rest of the team will follow!

    HERE WE GO!

  4. I think the gesture will help motivate the steelers defense on sunday against jacksonville. Let’s hope Bortles plays like he did this past sunday agains the bills. he is terrible.

  5. peytonwantsaflag says:
    January 10, 2018 at 8:50 am
    WHO in the heck asks these questions? Can we please have a law, or at least a rule that no one is allowed to ask athletes questions unless they have actually played a sport in their life.
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    Have you seen any of the athletes on NFL Network or ESPN (attempt to) talk in coherent sentences?

    Leave the sports to the athletes and the journalism to the journalists.

  6. I love how these so-called professionals always need extra motivation to play their best. You’d think they’d bring it every game without having to be spur’d into it with fake outrage.

  7. Della Street says:
    January 10, 2018 at 8:42 am
    Pipe down, rookie. You are to be seen, not heard.

    Have you seen him play? He’s earned the right to speak.

  8. If Leonard runs for 181 yards again, it won’t matter what Bortles does. It’ll be on to Foxborough for the Jags.

  9. Don’t get all upset TJ….The Patriots will beat ya anyways and that bad taste will be there again…..hehehehe…..

  10. MIke MItchell is a waste of a roster spot.
    He can’t tackle, always goes for the big hit, and miss coverage way too often.

  11. Things people don’t seem to be putting together….
    1. 2 Int’s for TD’s = 14 points
    2. 90 yard garbage time TD = 7 points
    3. AB had 157 yards
    4. Ben threw for 312
    5. Bell was just beginning to round into form after his hold out.

    I’m not suggesting the Steelers win.
    I do think it will be a completely different game this time around.

  12. Jags will be back in the AFC South basement next year. The Titans are improving and the Texans/Colts are getting healthy. This year was a fluke so the Jags should enjoy it while they can. A little less mouthing-off would be nice.

    In other words, it ends Sunday at Pittsburgh.

  13. You know how to stop him from making that gesture? Don’t let him hammer your D for 181 yards. Also, who cares how many yards AB had or Ben threw for? The Steelers scored 0 TDs in the game and settled for 3 FGs and you point to the fact that there were pick sixes that influenced the game?

    The Steelers couldn’t score a TD against the Jax D – and guess what, that same D is coming back to Pitt and are probably sick of hearing that it’s going to be Pats/Steelers in the AFCCG.

  14. Let’s have a dose of reality
    –Both pick-sixes were off tipped passes that went right to Jags players. a little bit of luck involved, as most tipped passes fall harmlessly to the ground
    –one pick was the result of jags DB tripping JuJu to the ground, ball went right through to Jags DB, more luck
    –one pick was off of a desperation ‘hail mary’ thrown into a prevent defense
    –The only pick that was Big Ben’s fault was the first one. And the Jags player made a great play on that one
    –half of Fournette’s yardage came in garbage time, with the Steelers all up on the line of scrimmage to stop the run. once he squirted through there was no one left to stop him
    The score was very close for most of the game, so anyone who claims that the Jags dominated that first game is delusional

  15. Things people don’t seem to be putting together….
    1. 2 Int’s for TD’s = 14 points
    2. 90 yard garbage time TD = 7 points
    3. AB had 157 yards
    4. Ben threw for 312
    5. Bell was just beginning to round into form after his hold out.

    I’m not suggesting the Steelers win.
    I do think it will be a completely different game this time around.
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    Things you seem to be forgetting:

    1. 2 Int’s for TD’s = 14 points COUNTS
    2. 90 yard garbage time TD = 7 points COUNTS
    3. AB had 157 yards AND THEY STILL LOST
    4. Ben threw for 312 AND THEY STILL LOST
    5. Bell was just beginning to round into form after his hold out. AND THE JAGS DIDN’T HAVE DARRIUS BLOCKING UP THE RUNNING LANES

  16. Fluke ??? The Colts are horrible, We beat the snot out of the Texans, not anyone’s fault they couldn’t stay healthy. and the Titans beat us twice. Basement , yeah rite … We will be challenging for the Afc South title for years to come, Defense wins in this league

  17. Jags will be back in the AFC South basement next year. The Titans are improving and the Texans/Colts are getting healthy. This year was a fluke so the Jags should enjoy it while they can.
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    The Jaguars are getting a real quarterback and a healthy Allen Robinson next year. The entire AFC South could be better.

  18. TJ has the right attitude. If 1 team doesn’t like what the other side is doing, saying, gesturing, there’s a solution. Stop them.

  19. This will definitely be a different game. Fournette is nicked up with an ankle and does not look explosive at all. 1st game was real early in the season when everyone was fresh. He has not done much lately due to that ankle and I see him getting stopped on Sun.

    I am a Jags fan but our offense has not looked good lately…i see a very difficult uphill battle for the Jags….but should be fun to watch.

  20. Leonard Fournette, thats the best back in the league. I know his stats arent the best so Ill just say go look at his tape and tell me what you see. I see a dude who is getting 4 a carry against exclusively stacked boxes.
    The Duval County Jaguars were full of savages before he got there but they needed a leader. Leonard is that leader, a true leader who provides an example.
    Not some hotdogging blowhard like the Watt brothers.

  21. lastwordonpft says:
    January 10, 2018 at 10:59 am
    Let’s have a dose of reality
    –half of Fournette’s yardage came in garbage time, with the Steelers all up on the line of scrimmage to stop the run. once he squirted through there was no one left to stop him
    The score was very close for most of the game, so anyone who claims that the Jags dominated that first game is delusional
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    I get what you are saying, but that isn’t really a solid point in favor of the Steelers. You basically just wrote, the Steelers were selling out for the sole purpose of stopping the run, and failed… If they couldn’t stop the run, when the only thing they were doing was stopping the run, its going to be a long game for them. I cant see the Jags having the horses to hang with the Steelers, just thought it was ironic that your defense of the Steelers was to say they cant stop the run and that’s good news

  22. silvernblacksabbath says:

    January 10, 2018 at 10:40 am

    NFL wants Pitt @ New England so that’s what you’ll get.. Look for Pitt to get calls.

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    That happens every game they play so why should this be any different?

  23. lastwordonpft says:

    January 10, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Let’s have a dose of reality
    –Both pick-sixes were off tipped passes that went right to Jags players. a little bit of luck involved, as most tipped passes fall harmlessly to the ground
    –one pick was the result of jags DB tripping JuJu to the ground, ball went right through to Jags DB, more luck
    –one pick was off of a desperation ‘hail mary’ thrown into a prevent defense
    –The only pick that was Big Ben’s fault was the first one. And the Jags player made a great play on that one
    –half of Fournette’s yardage came in garbage time, with the Steelers all up on the line of scrimmage to stop the run. once he squirted through there was no one left to stop him
    The score was very close for most of the game, so anyone who claims that the Jags dominated that first game is delusional
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    They didn’t dominate, yet they still won. If everything happened above but the Steelers were the ones who benefited by it, you’d be saying how the Steelers forced the Jags into doing x, y and z. Enough of the excuses. Yes, Fournette’s bulk of yards came in the 4th quarter. However, they also came when the Steelers KNEW they were going to run the ball to run the clock down yet they couldn’t stop him.

    Excuses work both ways.

    That said, I think the Steelers roll the Jags this weekend.

  24. Harry Canyon says:
    January 10, 2018 at 11:54 am
    lastwordonpft says:
    January 10, 2018 at 10:59 am
    Let’s have a dose of reality
    –half of Fournette’s yardage came in garbage time, with the Steelers all up on the line of scrimmage to stop the run. once he squirted through there was no one left to stop him
    The score was very close for most of the game, so anyone who claims that the Jags dominated that first game is delusional
    ===================

    I get what you are saying, but that isn’t really a solid point in favor of the Steelers. You basically just wrote, the Steelers were selling out for the sole purpose of stopping the run, and failed… If they couldn’t stop the run, when the only thing they were doing was stopping the run, its going to be a long game for them. I cant see the Jags having the horses to hang with the Steelers, just thought it was ironic that your defense of the Steelers was to say they cant stop the run and that’s good news

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    no, my point was that the Steelers were in desperation mode. one more first down and the game was positively over, so they stacked the box in a high risk defense, that greatly increased their chances of getting a stop in the backfield, but also greatly increased their chance of getting gashed for a long one if the back found a crease. and since they just happened to be deep in their own end at the time: voila! An 80 yard TD. Under normal game circumstances [not desperation] they would be playing a standard defense which probably would’ve prevented the runner from going 80 yards for a TD…since it didn’t happen at any other time in the game when they were employing a standard [non-desperation] defense. If I was to worry about the Steelers run defense, I would worry about the Jags long second half drive where they rammed it down the Steelers throat in a series of short, effective bursts. [but I’m not]

  25. I’ve never heard so many excuses from a team that lost by 21 points in my life! Fluke this, lucky that. Have some self respect. You guys lost the last. Hope that your team plays better this time or we’ll be taking care of the Pats or Titans for you.

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